(NBC News 4/8/13, Yale University, USA Today 4/9, CNN 4/9)
Researchers are showing that a substantial number of Melanoma survivors are still not protecting themselves from the harmful effects of the sun. Many reports from multiple sources say that about up to 25% avoid, or never use sunscreen, avoid hats and long sleeves, continue sun exposure, and some even continue to use tanning beds. The reports all conclude that Dermatologists need to stress and warn patients, especially melanoma survivors about the hazards of sun, and tanning bed exposure and simple ways to protect themselves.
Well I am sure most of these folks have been warned by their doctors. The more important question is why are they ignoring the lifesaving advice? On a private note, we had a patient in last week who has had multiple basal and squamous cell cancers removed by us. No melanomas yet, but it is a matter of time. What is amazing is that this patient goes to a tanning booth regularly, and puts “band aids” on areas he thinks might be suspicious for skin cancer, but keeps on tanning daily! Research shows us that tanning can stimulate the brain and can become addictive, much like gambling. The important message is that it takes a real intervention to stop this behavior in these patients, but much more important is how can we prevent their addiction? Common sense will tell us not to allow young children to ever experience excessive tanning, and the use of tanning beds at any age. Parents need to tell their kids at an early age that an excessive tan is not pretty, nor healthy, and prevent the “addictive” tanning behavior that is beginning to plague our youth. I hope “pale” can become the new “hot” color very soon!
Why Choose DSA Dermatology?
At DSA Dermatology, we bring to you the best of not one but three leading dermatologists in Plano TX,
Dr. Achtman is a board-certified Dermatologist with over three decades of experience. Having graduated from the medical school of McMaster University, he also studied at the UTSW Medical Center in Dallas, TX where he also served as Chief Resident in the Department of Dermatology. In addition to possessing extensive training and experience in cosmetic enhancement techniques, Dr. Achtman is widely known as a leading expert in the diagnosis and treatment of various skin cancers. He is an active member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Dr. Achtman goes the extra mile to understand your medical concerns and to ensure that he helps you meet your unique aesthetic goals.
Dr. Carmine G. McConnell is a board-certified physician in Plano TX. Having been trained at McMaster University, Canada, she went on to earn her board certification in Texas. Having served as Chief of Staff of her department at Plano Medical Center, she has over two decades of experience in practicing medicine in her practice and while assisting Dr. Achtman in the practice of dermatology. In addition to her extensive postgraduate training in laser therapy and aesthetic surgery, among other procedures, she possesses vast experience in both cosmetic dermatological techniques and family medicine. As a conscientious and caring physician, Dr. McConnell provides her patients with customized non-surgical treatments to help address health and aesthetic concerns related to the skin. She is also keen on helping patients understand their skin and how it can be cared for and protected.
Dr. Jordan Achtman is a board-certified dermatologist in DSA Dermatology at Plano, TX. Dr. J. Achtman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his residency in dermatology at UT Southwestern. His expertise spans general, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. J. Achtman also has various special interests including chronic itch, infectious diseases of the skin, and the relationship between mental health and skin health. He is also very keen on helping patients form healthy skincare regimens and habits. In the hands of Dr. J. Achtman, you can be assured of innovative and cutting edge solutions for all your skin concerns.